May 31, 2020


The first manned space flight since 2011 was scheduled this week but was scrubbed at the last minute due to weather. By the time you watch this, hopefully the Spacex Rocket created by Elon Musk’s private company will have launched and be connected to the International Space Station.

I grew up in the space age of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. I remember JFK’s 1961 speech where he announced that America would send a man to the moon and return him home be the end of the decade. He didn’t live to see it, but I did. In July 1969, US astronauts landed on the moon. In the early days of space, like most kids of my era, I could name every Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronaut in the order they flew. We were glued to our old black & white tv’s to watch every launch and hear details about each of these historic and daring missions. When we began to cut back on the space program, I felt we were making a great mistake. Many Americans questions the wisdom of spending billions to get to the moon, but most never realized that even if they didn’t go to space, their lives had been changed for the better because we went.

The obvious benefits are better weather forecasting and instant global communications due to satellite technology. But all of us have been dramatically bettered by spin-offs of the space program. If you like cell phones, cordless tools, scratch resistant lenses on your glasses, freeze dried foods that last indefinitely, fire retardant clothes, steel belted radial tires, or even a dust buster, thank the space program. If you or a relative has had his or her life saved or made better because of a miniature heart pump, artificial limb, robotic surgery, or advanced food safety, or water purification systems, the space program likely made that possible. LED devices whether to light you home or give you a huge brilliant picture TV for a fraction of the cost of TV 50 years ago are the result of spinoffs from the space program. Medical telepathy, MRI, miniature cameras at your doorbell, remote controls to all your appliances, and the GPS system in your car on smart phone that guides you to a restaurant, hotel, or your doctor’s office wouldn’t exist without the space program.

Our sound systems are more advanced, our computers are more powerful and much smaller, our food is safer, our machines are more efficient, our cars are more comfortable and get better gas mileage, and our illnesses are diagnosed more accurately and treated more effectively because we went into space.

The astronauts who were the pioneers into outer space lived on the edge of raw courage as few others ever have. Every flight had far greater risks than most of us ever realized. These men and women were sitting on top of a cannister full of highly explosive fuel in a small capsule, all of which was built by the low bidder. Talking about faith! But I’m grateful for their courage to do it and their curiosity to even attempt it. And while I doubt I’ll ever make it to a space flight, my life on earth is immensely better because a few of us did make the journey!


Our commentary on Obama’s revisions to Executive Order #12333 sparked some great replies. This particularly thoughtful one stressed looking at the “big picture” when it comes to civil liberties.


As always, I appreciate your team's insight into these issues. One thing that I think also needs to begin to come to the forefront are First Amendment issues that spring from the Obama White House and continue into the hard left and progressive movement. They are seen today in the left elite's desire to silence anyone who does not agree with them. They are not happy to just debate. To them, anyone who disagrees is pushing "hate." Anything seems to be acceptable to silence this, and it is justified because it is, after all, "hate speech," which was criminalized under the Obama administration.

College campuses use this argument to ban conservative speakers from their campuses; Facebook, Twitter, and others use this argument to ban speakers from their platforms. Left- wing gangs use it to justify their violence against conservative groups and mayors of left leaning cities use it to justify denying equal protection to those conservative groups and their members. A large number of citizens just sit back and let this happen because they agree with the left, even though the tables could be turned upon them in the twinkling of an eye.

In light of the privacy violations by our domestic law enforcement and intelligence services, these First Amendment issues are even more concerning. It brings to mind J. Edgar Hoover's investigations into a wide variety of private citizens simply because of their speech; an example is Martin Luther King, but their are many, many more as I am sure you know. As a free society, we need to constantly be aware of the history of law enforcement abuses such as this and be constantly on guard.

General Flynn and the others in this case have served as parakeets in the mine to ring those early alarms of abuse that we all must heed. While your newsletter daily digs into the details of this case (thank you again), I recommend that we step back and look at the bigger picture and what this could portend for us all if we do not learn our lesson and apply these principles at a legislative level as soon as possible.

Warm regards,

Tim Bashor

Major (USMC, Retired)

Diplomat (Retired)

From the Gov:

Thanks for your letter. Of course, we certainly are always looking at the big picture when it comes to First Amendment freedoms, and that is why we’re highlighting your letter. If the President of the United States and a three-star general with 33 years of service can have their rights trampled so shamefully, and those responsible are not held to account, then no American is safe.

Your observations about the First Amendment are especially timely in light of the efforts being made by social media to shape the national dialogue with their so-called “fact-checking.” We spend a lot of time around here fact-checking the fact-checkers, who are mostly just enforcing their own opinions and silencing dissent. Since so many major news outlets simply choose NOT to report major news that casts doubt on their own narratives, we depend on social media as an important way to get the real story out.

I’d say we’re actually past the “parakeet in the coal mine” stage when it comes to free expression and other basic constitutional rights. Lt. Gen. Flynn is no parakeet; he was a major target of our government, obviously railroaded by people at the highest levels of our law enforcement/”justice” system. We’ll be past the point of no return if Trump’s DOJ doesn’t take a sledgehammer to it. And I think they're well aware.

Again, thanks for writing!


In case you missed it, amid all the riot news: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US no longer considers Hong Kong to be autonomous from China, in the wake of Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. That’s a short statement with historic implications, in terms of international relations and trade with what has been a major world financial center. It’s also a warning to China that its heavy-handed actions in Hong Kong may come at a very steep price.

In a related story, when asked about the China-Hong Kong situation, Joe Biden surrogate Max Baucus told Bloomberg TV that Biden would be better for President because “Under a Biden presidency, Beijing will think, ‘Well, gee, we can deal with this guy.’”

I think that reveals a lot more than he thought it did. Personally, I’ve had enough of the Bidens’ deals with China. Also with hearing what China wants us to do, whether it’s from paid-off politicians and academics or outright-purchased media outlets, entertainment and sports corporations, clothing companies or celebrities. I don’t care who China wants to be our President. I want a President who will stand up to China's leaders, who think it’s okay to use Gestapo tactics on peaceful protesters demanding their freedom.

And just to make it clear what kind of government we're dealing with, here are a couple of those dangerous Hong Kong protesters being placed under arrest.


For those wondering what all this fuss over social media “platforms” (not publishers, allegedly, but neutral platforms) being biased is about, here’s a list of 33 examples of Twitter censoring or banning conservatives and/or turning a blind eye to egregious posts by leftists.


Remember: Don’t be a science-denier! Follow the advice of the experts! Wear a facemask in public, the way the CDC suggests!

Unless you prefer to listen to the experts at the World Health Organization, who say that if you’re healthy, don’t wear a mask unless you’re taking care of someone who’s infected.

The major point is that now, whether you wear a mask or not, self-righteous liberals can stiLl yell at you to make themselves feel important.


One more example of why indiscriminately throwing huge piles of tax money at a problem usually isn’t the best solution: Washington state officials, working with federal investigators and financial institutions, have recovered $300 million paid to criminals using fake IDs to file fraudulent unemployment claims during the coronavirus crisis. Much of it went to a West African fraud ring. I’ll bet they’re really rooting for that $3 trillion Democratic “phase two” bill to pass.


One more example of why indiscriminately throwing huge piles of tax money at a problem usually isn’t the best solution: Washington state officials, working with federal investigators and financial institutions, have recovered $300 million paid to criminals using fake IDs to file fraudulent unemployment claims during the coronavirus crisis. Much of it went to a West African fraud ring. I’ll bet they’re really rooting for that $3 trillion Democratic “phase two” bill to pass.

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  • Denise A Wright

    06/11/2020 09:43 PM

    Thanks once again Gov. Huckabee and your fine staff for giving us unbiased, balanced, and truthful news reporting in your daily newsletters. It's one of the many highlights of my days.
    On the subject of the "fact-checkers" and the like, I have to share what a scary thing that happened to me recently on my Facebook page...I had posted a very beautiful picture of clouds that had colors of the rainbow in them.
    This picture seemingly was taken from an airplane...??
    Along with the picture, I posted the words to one of the most beautiful older hymns..Abide With Me.
    To my shock the next day when I was looking at my Facebook the beautiful picture had been "grayed out"...not blacked out just an awful color of gray.

    In small white letters on the gray background were the words: This post has been blocked because of the fact-checkers decision that this is not truthful.
    Hmmmmm, after a few minutes of anger and "How dare they!", I found a link on the page to click on to tell just why this was not appropriate for Facebook viewing.
    The next thing I saw was a language I wasn't familiar seemed like it might be Spanish, but still I wasn't sure. It could have been from Guatemala!
    Since I do not speak this language well, I couldn't tell why my post had been scrutinized and blocked.
    After all...was it the rainbow tinted beautiful clouds? Or was it the "scandalous" words from the hymn...Abide with Me.
    1st verse: "Abide with me, fast falls the eventide,
    The darkness deepens, Lord, with me abide
    When other helpers fail and comforts flee
    Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me…

  • Lee B.

    06/01/2020 12:02 PM

    My hubby & I watched the Spacex launch on Saturday on One America News Network ( It was magnificently successful and so fun to watch. From the President's message to the actual launch to final docking, the process was flawless and images were amazing. American genius at work.

  • Mary Troke

    06/01/2020 10:18 AM

    As I looked at all the major cities being rampaged, almost all of them are run by Democrats. Why would that be? And many are the same people that would not open because of COVID yet are now encouraging masses to come out and protest! Where is their concern for the safety of everyone now?!! How frustrating!!

  • Ed Thompson

    06/01/2020 10:09 AM

    Can we please ignore the elephant in the room? One bad choice by at least one bad Cop has put America back to fear and on guard of people who think by being as rotten as they possibly could, everyone will start to show them respect? I’m bored at the display of the lawlessness and disgusted with these people who don’t respect anyone yet say tons of words about how they deserve to be treated as decent people! Everyone of them should be required to return the stimulus money that they received. Screaming platitudes about things to me that I have no control over while ignoring MY rights to live in peace?? I have something to say to all those people— nothing you say, do, demand , will make me—MAKE ME , have any kind of respect for you! Actions! If you act like a civilized human being , ARE a civilized person, maintain civility, we will get along just fine. I was taught that you are judged by the people you associate with, by your own actions, how you act in public, at home, how you live. Not being able to see that the bad guys will be made to face the consequences of what they did to George Floyd , ignoring exactly what they keep demanding and instead , continue to march and riot and embrace the violence of the people you have decided to associate with— no, I will NOT have any reason to believe I have to accept you as anything but the thugs that you are. Give it a rest! Let the law do it’s job! It’s time to stop the madness. Oh and one more thing — get Jesus in your life and turn away from hate, reject it, actually GIVE PEACE A CHANCE— we all have to live here— what we have and how we do it is up to every one of us. Two wrongs don’t make a right. God Bless America and every one in the world. Peace everyone please. ????????

  • Diane Geraci

    06/01/2020 10:04 AM

    Governor, Again, I'm asking you to push for a Conservative Social Media Site.
    When I make comments on President Trump's Facebook page, who knows if he ever sees them. I have never used Twitter. I still haven't figured out how Tweet or where they would be posted. Thank God, we have a weapon that can override the lies from all the Fake News sources, The Obama agenda and the muzzling of Christian voices from all Social Media sites. We have the power of
    Prayer. "The Keys of the Kingdom". Governor, in 2016 after Donald Trump was elected, I had one of those Joel 2 : 28 Dreams. The Risen Lord and the Holy Spirit came to me . In my dream, I was praying for someone . They told me to pray with persistence because I was seated with Christ in Heaven and I could Loose and Bind to heal this person. My understanding of the dream was to tell me that I have Power in Christ and to pray the way my husband and I prayed for Donald Trump. We are in a battle now that that will effect our beloved America and the rest of the world. With "The Weapons of our Warfare", we can overcome everything that the Left throws at us. As it says in Revelation, we can overcome by the blood of the Jesus and the word of our testimony. Please in your position, encourage Christians to use " The Keys of the Kingdom".

  • Jerry Korba

    06/01/2020 09:16 AM

    On return to The US after a year plus overseas 1969 -1970 I was not aware of the moon walk, the top music artist of the day, while listening to the radio i asked who is that and I remember my friend saying thats the Number 1 hit in the country. Access to the news was not available on a regular bases. A lot of catching up needed. I am fearful today for our Nation the behavior today is evil the other factor with free money in peoples pocket is alarming the free money is going to become nonexistent. When that happens then what? People are going to have to get to work with country on fire roads shut down the food banks gone what will Americans do rioters what will be left for you to burn down steal from destroy your own purpose in life will be destroyed also. Leftist will allow you to continue until you finish America off then where will you go? I will have taken a dirt bath by then hope your family and friends are proud of you.

  • BIll Hudson

    06/01/2020 08:46 AM

    Gov Huckabee;
    After reading the documented account of the stealing of hundreds of millions of dollars of the funds intended to support those placed out of work by the Wuhan Virus how in the world am I and any thinking person to believe that mail in ballots won't be fraudulently gathered and cast for whomever the perpetrator of fraud desires?

  • Melinda Lucas

    06/01/2020 02:00 AM

    The irony is these complaints and comments are brought to us courtesy of the cell phones and various electronic devices, courtesy of space exploration research. Hmmmm.

  • Bob Janovick

    06/01/2020 01:18 AM

    Hold on Governor; I owned a '63 Citroen with Michelin steel belted radial tires as standard equipment.
    From Wikipedia: "Michelin in France designed, developed, patented, and commercialized the radial tire. There is no evidence that Michelin had knowledge of Arthur Savage's earlier work. The first Michelin X radial tire for cars was developed in 1946 by Michelin researcher Marius Mignol. Michelin owned the leading automaker Citroën, so it was quickly able to introduce its new design, including on the new 1948 Citroën 2CV model. In 1952, Michelin developed a radial truck tire."
    U.S. radials got going in the '70's after the Arab oil embargo.

  • Amelia Little

    06/01/2020 01:14 AM

    As for the First Amendment--it seems there are those who feel that the rioters, thugs, criminals burning down cities are just expressing their opinions and should be protected under the First Amendment. Much like, it is okay for antifa to express their opinions against conservative people who, it seems are not expressing an opinion, but using "hate speech." Those "leaders" who remain silent about the mass destruction going on are essentially saying the rioters have the right to do so, in order to express their opinion. Except, of course, after the first day, it seems more just people getting in on all the "excitement" (some being paid to do so) and not even aware of what the original opinion was all about.

  • Peter Dyke

    05/31/2020 10:23 PM

    I have often wondered in the last 3 years why nobody in the last 3 years has accused the Democrats of hate speech starting with Hillary and followed by Maxine Waters, other members of congress, Hollywood elites, members of the media, etc.

  • Arzella Montgomery

    05/31/2020 10:12 PM

    I am trying to get a message to the RNC in Washington, DC. I've tried every way I have available. I filled out their survey and made my donation with a credit card. It should have gotten there over a week ago. It seems they haven't opened or read it. Nothing has shown up on my credit card statement. It is in the yellow envelope with DAV stickers on it. It's not easy to miss. I have sent emails to those who send emails to me and no one has responded. I also received another poll assessment survey which I have completed but since they haven't opened or read the last one I see no reason to send this one to the same place.
    I was hoping you could get my message to Brad or maybe Sarah so they can take care of my donation, etc. I would certainly appreciate whatever you can do.
    Thank you,
    Arzella Montgomery
    Jonesboro, Arkansas

  • Paul F Blauert

    05/31/2020 09:53 PM

    Doesn't Trump have the authority under the Interstate Commerce Clause to free up the lockdowns as to those businesses involved in interstate commerce?

    Isn't one of tactics of the Communists & other such states is to foment civil unrest and then to claim they can stop what they started - do you seen any of that going on here? Could Soros and some of those other people be funding these riots - can they be held accountable?

  • William Taylor

    05/31/2020 09:47 PM

    One of the commenters to your newsletter wrote, “‘hate speech ...was criminalized under the Obama administration”. I am curious as to what this refers. How was ‘hate speech’ defined in law and what were the penalties under law?

  • Carl "T" Smith

    05/31/2020 09:45 PM

    The anarchy we are witnessing in "Cities" all over America gives me pause to ASK? Why is this only taking place in the BIG cities? Could it be because the SPONSORS did not consider it money well spent to try to SHIP ANTIFI into the smaller markets because even in my small town EVERYBODY knows EVERYBODY ? Is the media FEEDING the beast by continuous on air coverage with the USUAL Communist / Conservative bias? I'm witness to even normal anti-Trump Black commentators telling those who will listen that This Anarchy is NOT going to HELP address the perceived underlying problem of Inherent Racism? I'm making a SWAG that the LEO's are always nice and polite to the White Trash during arrest ? I'm also assuming that the Black on Black killings in Chicago and other Democratic held Cities are just Business as Usual? I must apologize for being PRO-America but I believe the 1st A allows for 'Peaceable Assembly ' but when the First Match is Lit, The first Brick thrown, the First fist or spittle hurled at the police then I believe the Gloves MUST Come Off and as harsh as it sounds,illing a couple of body bags, when the command to quell the violence is IGNORED, is the only thing Thugs understand. I learned NOW to handle a Bully at age 6 or 7 when my WWII Dad informed me that " Their is NO such thing as a FAIR FIGHT" and when it comes down to a fight there can only be one Winner and hopefully it's the person who is RIGHT by LEGAL Law. This is NEVER going to stop, the looting, etc., until the people doing the Looting and Burning are STOPPED DEAD in their tracks.

    Is it Possible that Obama and /or his handlers were NOT cognizant of the benefits of shutting down NASA to allow the China / Russia OR Communism to FINISH their agenda of World Dominance ?
    I guess I have Lived Too long and Survived too many Crisis's to understand the Lack of Wisdom by the under 60 crowd. I have worked with some of the most degreed people on the planet that cannot turn off a water valve that's stem point down that don't have to get their hand turning Clockwise and raising it over their heads to address the stem down valve ! Lack of coordination? or total lack of mechanical skills? Trying to tell people to LOOK Backward at history to have a glimpse at what is going to occur in the future seems to be a lost art OR is it just what the current educated elite deem Correct is all that matters? Or are they really calling the shots Or just Following ORDERS by who ever is paying the tab? Is Everybody in the SWAMP on Somebodies Payroll besides working for WE the People? I voted for Trump on the basis that he would attempt to Drain the Swamp and closing our ILLEGAL Immigration Problem. It's become obvious that ALL the above seem anathema to the intent of our Founders but what did those old wig wearing Partiot's know? They just believed in FREEDOM which Most Citizens just take for Granted while they shop at the Mall for the CHEAP Chinese goods..

  • Shauna dickerson

    05/31/2020 09:33 PM

    Along with social media to help us hear the truth, I thank you, Mr Huckabee, for your comments each and every day. I know I would miss a LOT without you looking out for us.

  • Kay DeWitt

    05/31/2020 09:28 PM

    Mike, in response to your statement: "But all of us have been dramatically bettered by spin-offs of the space program", because I am so "strange" (if you've read some of my comments, you already KNOW that), I personally do NOT feel "bettered BY the 'spin-offs' " despite the fact that, yes, those "spin-offs" that you list HAVE made my life "easier" and, of course, I AM grateful for the advancements in medical technology that have helped the medical issues I have to deal with...

    HOWEVER, we have paid a dear price FOR this modern world of technology because it is dehumanizing our kids and is also working against Christians' desire to pick up their cross and follow Christ's path of suffering because we WANT life to be easy...we don't WANT to suffer!

    HOWEVER...the TRUTH (spiritually) is that it is only to the degree that one knows the GRIEF of the Lord, that he knows the JOY of the Lord!...not to mention the fact that, for a Christian, his "betterment" is measured by how HOLY he is. much he is being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ...and one IS so conformed only THROUGH suffering...and dying TO one's's "flesh" that DOES seek an "easy" life....Remember when we had to get up and change our TV channels? How annoyed our flesh would be TODAY if we had to do that!

  • Dana Sterling

    05/31/2020 08:54 PM


    I want to express my outrage on the current virus I call the Corona Violence! What is going on here with all the rioting, luting and destruction of private property? IMO this is an escalated and hopefully short term paid group of thugs that are being paid to create anarchy at the will and hand of George Soros an God help us maybe even the Chineese? This HAS TO STOP! The media, including FOX is calling these thugs and violent criminals " protestors"! Sorry but they are Rioters and should be treated as such!!! I bet a few rubber bulllets in the behind would make these idiots take a different position... My final thoughts, Okay, we've had a week of senceless action and non action form city officials, now its time, if not overdue, to SHUT IT DOWN by any means nesseccary!!! Thats, thats all I have to say about that... FG

  • Neal Joseph

    05/31/2020 08:38 PM

    By the way, Norman Mintle is a longtime friend!

  • Dusty

    05/31/2020 08:08 PM

    Trying to remember on when was this program stopped and WHY? So excited to see this yesterday the ship take off and all went so well that say thank you God. This is our future and we stopped this how stupid? Gov. I now feel so sorry for this President and what is now going on. Nothing much he can say and up to those in these cities and states their leaders to step up. Most are not. Yesterday Gov of Minn has but many lost their businesses and jobs most blacks. SAD and who were these doing the looting and burning? Not arrested for this WHY? Fully understand the police and what is being said per this media and this one bad terrible man and what he did? None of what is going on now is any memorial at all. I would not blame this President to say take this job now? WHY for himself and his family continue in this insanity. So many all agree that what this policeman did was beyond belief and ask WHY. Why the others did not step in to get him off? Never to be able to loot and to burn destroy property and jobs and business for this. NO! This can never be right. Where is someone to step up and stop this . Atlanta Mayor tried to from the beginning and she is no longer happy with those who came out not real protesters .
    Russia, Impeach, Virus and blame President, and now this per a man and a policeman who was so wrong . Never to now come out to try and protest this way as a memorial. Not what I see here in my home and expect ever in this country. I want my POLICE here and are needed in Georgia and Atlanta in this time per the crime we have. So if you think take away these police and then I can just do whatever NO? Sorry I do not see Ellison taking over this case now in Minn a step up to solved this situation I heard him this morning and it was a blame game not try to make relations anyway better. Not like one black minister I saw who said this was an injustice being used to exploit now? Asked where are the leaders here . Now if this continues expect many to get hurt. Police can only for a time tolerate what is now happening. Unless they now have given up and say let the CRIME spree begin. SAD pray.

  • Thomas Cooper

    05/31/2020 07:54 PM


    I remember JFK's speech, and grew up to get a degree in 1967 in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering -- exciting times.

    One additional point. Our return to space is none too soon. The newly created 6th. branch of the U.S. military, the Space Force, is critically needed to protect and defend our deployed space technology from those with ambitions to conquer the world, most notably the Communist Chinese. Many of the benefits that you mention are only available because we have working satellites providing such benefits as GPS, communications and television transmissions, but they are potentially vulnerable to attack. Not to be an alarmist, but the U.S. needs to commit aggressively over the long-term to making the Space Force truly a strong arm of our military. The U.S. has a tendency toward playing 4-year electoral checkers, whereas the Communist Chinese are playing chess. We can protect ourselves, but only if we recognize the danger and respond with meaningful protections and countermeasures. It's not like Pearl Harbor, where we had the luxury of time and to build a war machine and finally beat the Japanese after 4 1/2 years. If there were a space war today, it could be over in less than 24 hours. We can't afford to let our space technology be another sitting duck.

  • Stephen Russell

    05/31/2020 07:10 PM

    Please probe HR666666 bill for contact tracing, very 666.
    & Bill Gates wants US with implant chips & immunity cards, very scary

  • Joseph Schiavone

    05/31/2020 07:05 PM

    Over the previous 3 1/2 yrs of the Trump presidency, I have had almost all my pro-conservative remarks deleted from ABC and yahoo news on the internet. I no longer have yahoo news on my homepage after finding a bunch of pro-Biden stories that seem to make him sound like the 2nd coming of Mother Teresa after 3 1/2 yrs of yahoo news finding fault with everything Trump did every day. I just can't believe that these people are upset that Trump's win prevented a member of the most dishonest, unethical, and criminal family from taking over the presidency.!

  • Lance Labine

    05/31/2020 06:44 PM

    Stay firm in the faith.

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/31/2020 06:37 PM

    Thank you